Blue Dot: Remembering America’s space station: Skylab@50 (6/17/2023)

Blue Dot host Dave Schlom is joined by space journalist Emily Carney and Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart in part one of our look back at the only all American space station — Skylab. Launched in May 1973, the station was made from the third stage of the Saturn V moon rocket. Unfortunately, the station was damaged during launch leading to a dramatic repair mission — the first of its kind which paved the way for the International Space Station and the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope. Carney explains why Skylab was such an important and fascinating program that deserves to be remembered 50 years later. Apollo 9 astronaut and Skylab back up crew member Schweickart tells Dave of the many hours he spent in the underwater tank at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama perfecting the procedures that would be carried out by astronauts Pete Conrad and Joe Kerwin to repair the ailing space station. It has all the drama of Apollo 13 and it’s a story worth knowing!

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